Capo Unified Candidate Statement: Don Franklin Richardson

Candidate has deep ties to the community.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch ran the candidate statements from each candidate running for Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Area No. 2, which includes parts of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and Coto de Caza. Don Franklin Richardson is the only candidate who did not file a statement for the ballot. He cited the costs as the reason why. This is what he would have submitted.

I have taught in Tustin schools for over 40 years. I attended the University of Redlands with the daughter of the co-founders of the St. Margaret’s School in San Juan Capistrano. My neighbor, one of the mayors of San Juan Capistrano, has urged me to run for school board.

In the evenings, I was able to run an athletic program at Capistrano Valley Christian School where my youngest daughter attended school just before the principal left to start Saddleback Valley Christian School across the street from JSerra High School. My daughter’s fourth-grade teacher’s family came with Padre Junipera Serra as he laid down the Mission trail that came right through San Juan Capistrano to our “Jewel of the Mission.”

My oldest daughter attended Richard Henry Dana Elementary School. I was called up to the High Sierra Mountains where we made plans for the Marine Institute in Dana Point Harbor.

My nephew was student body president of Dana Hills High School and his brother was boy’s state representative to Sacrament for Dana Hills High School. My niece was student body president for Marco Forster Middle School and her sister attended Richard Henry Dana Elementary School.

In recent years, I have been able to teach at Calvary Chapel Bible College in the evenings, and my new class is “One World Government.”

After receiving my B.S. degree, I went on to receive three more credentials in education at the University of California, Irvine and later a master’s degree at Concordia University.

Silence Dogood October 01, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Is this the Patch or the Onion? This cannot be for real. Don Franklin Richardson wants to be on the school board??? If this statement is real, and I can't believe it is, then it is, far and away, the most ludicrous personal statement I have ever seen. Don Franklin Richardson is a teacher??? What subject could he teach? Needless to say, his students are in deep, deep trouble. To say this assemblage of words is ill-conceived would be an understatement. He would have done well to avoid the candidate statement altogether. From his statement we learn: - he went to college with a relative of someone involved with a school - The principal of a school his daughter once attended started another school - His daughter's 4th grade teacher's family was involved with Junipero Serra - He believes that Junipero Serra and the teacher's ancestors were greeted by the Jewish care-taker of the SJC Mission (I.e., Jew of the Mission) - His nephews did something - His niece did something (although she did it at a different school) - He "teaches" something ridiculous at a bible college (although his name is not listed among the faculty & staff) - And finally he has a B.S. (this makes a lot of sense in light of his candidate's statement) This candidate, if elected, would drag this board to new depths even its harshest critics couldn't have imagined. Pity his poor students, and if elected, pity this district.
Capo mom October 03, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Compared to Mr. Richardson, I guess I'm a relative newcomer to San Juan. I didn't know there was a jew at the Mission. Is this some kind of problem?
Penny Arévalo October 03, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Sorry about the "Jew of the Mission." That was my typo. The rest is all Mr. Richardson, who was a science teacher in the Tustin school system before he retired.
cusd mom October 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM


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